Antalya's famous city icon, the Hadrian's Gate is located along the main Ataturk Street in Kaleici. People start their walking tour of the Kaleici (old Antalya) through this gate.
The gate was built in honor of Roman Emperor Hadrian's visit to Antalya during the year 130. The turkish call this gate the Uckapilar which means 3 gates because of its 3 arch gates.
You can climb up the stairs of the two towers on the sides of the gate.
Hadrian's Gate is a triple triumphal arch built in the second century. It is very well-preserved because originally the front of the gate was encased inside Antalya's city walls. Today you can pass under the gates by walking across a glass platform; under your feet you'll see a selection of artifacts that have survived the years. This seems to be a popular hang-out and meet-up spot for young locals.
It is a marble arched entrance with three passages built in honour of Emperor Hadrianus's visit to the city(130 A.D.) Its arches have been decorated with pictures of fruits grown locally.It is a conjecture that the statue of Hadrianus once stood on the Arch.Small towers on each side belong to the Roman period,the room over the tower at right belongs to the Seljuk Period.Two pillars are original.
A great Roman Emperor Hadrian, visited Antalya in 130 AD. At that time it's name was Attaleia, and it was an outstanding Roman city.
An ornamental marble arch was built in his honour and is absolutely worth to see.
Perge originally is a Greek city. Today is an archaeological site and a major tourist attraction. It is about 18km to the east of Antalya and it takes about 20 minutes drive from CBD of Antalya.
The remained ruins are mainly of Romans origin except for the Hellenistic’s Gate. The Romans incorporates the Hellenistic Gate to be part of the city. The Romans built their own Roman Gate. The Roman gate was built during the reign of Septimius Severos early second century AD. You will also see Greek built Stadium where athletes from surrounding regions compete to honour their gods. It has a U shaped with an arch opening all along both side. They were also entrances to the Agora which is a shopping centre, it has square shaped. Many of the columns are still standing. The Roman baths is still fairly good shaped. See photo. Then there’s the Monumental Fountains and colonnaded street with some of columns are still standing. Not far from the city are the ruins of Roman aqueduct which supplied water to the city of Perge.
Historically Perge has been occupied by many invaders. It was originally settled by the Hittites. In the third century BC it was conquered by Alexander the Great. When the Roman took over, the city flourished to a great height and made it into proper Roman city.
Hadrian’s Gate in Antalya Southern Turkey was built to honour Hadrian who visited the city in 130 AD.
The gate has three marble archways and was used for the entrance to the old city of Antalya. It is located amongst with the new buildings in the city of Antalya. The Hadrian’s gate is well preserved and nice to look at.
Side is a charming little town along the coast east of Antalya. It has a beach and lots of intersting historic remains. It is just after the Manavgat waterfalls.
In the language of Anatolia "Side" means Pomegranate. From inscriptions it appears that Side dates back to the Hittite Period. The city was constructed on a peninsula and was a Hellenistic and Roman town, protected by city and sea walls. Notice the city gates and walls, as well as many remains of aqueducts which brought water from the foothills of the Taurus Mountains and the surrounding country. The old baths have been restored and turned into a museum, in which are exhibited some of the statues and art treasures found in Side.
One of its most important buildings is its 15,000 spectator theater. The difference between this Roman theater and other antique theaters in the region is that it is not built against a hillside. The 2 storey theater, built on a series of arches, is 20 m. high. The orchestra and the stage are in a state of ruin. Rainwater canals run under the theater. Side has colonnaded streets, a triumphal arch, a harbor, baths, fountains, cisterns, aquaducts, temples and an agora.
In the new part of the town near the beach is a lovely pedestrian street with lots of souvenir shops .
We drove from Antalya East and followed the signs to the ancient site of Termessos. It is a climb up but well worth it to see the beautiful view and explore the fascinating ruins from the top of the mountain.It is a Psidian city built at a height of 1050 meters in the Taurus Mountains. Termessos constitutes an unusual synthesis of a large number of rare plants and animal species, which are under protection in the Termessos National Park.
The inhabitants of Termessos were known as the Solyms but unlike those of other cities of the time they did not come from the sea and were entirely of Anatolian origin. What is known of their history commences principally at the time that Alexander the Great surrounded the city in 333 B.C., which he likened to an eagle's nest and failed to conquer. Termessos, after a gradual decline, was finally abandoned in the 5th century A.D. Some of the remains found there are the walls, the Hadrian's triumphal arch, the cisterns, the theater, the gymnasium, the agora, the odeon and the heroon. Among the tombs which are scattered far and wide can be seen those of Alcates, Agatemeros and the Lion decorated sarcophagi, which are extraordinary.
About an hour from Antalya is the Greek and Roman town of Perge (Perga). Perge is the closest significant Roman ruin to Antalya, and well worth a visit.
The Great Theater and the stadium of Perge are its most impressive and intact buildings, but the remnants of its massive Hellenistic-Roman gate-towers are most photographed because they're so unusual.
A water channel once ran through the center in a series of small waterfalls. The stadium - one of the best preserved in Turkey - could seat 14,000 people. Some objects clearly have been re-assembled and re-arranged, but it makes the place no less fascinating & beautiful.
Hadrian's Gate is a monumental gate between the old city Kaleici and the more modern Atatürk Caddesi.
It has three arches and is made of marble. It was built in honour for Emperor Hadrian when he came to visit in AD 130.
This Roman gate, built under Emperor Hadrian in the early-mid 2nd century, has three portals, is in good condition, and is one way to enter into Antalya's Old Town. Notice the wagon-wheel ruts in the pavement, which one can see in many old Roman pavements, but which are worn quite deep here.
The fortifications on either side include both Roman elements, generally lower down, and Selcuk Turkish construction, higher up.
This is one of the best preserved monuments in Antalya. This ornamental marble arch was constructed in 2nd century BC by the Romans in honour of the Emperor Hadrian. Formerly the city walls enclosed the outside of the gate and it was not used for many years. Maybe this is why it hasn't been destroyed, and it was only revealed when the walls collapsed. It is considered as Pamphylia's most beautiful gate.
One of the well preserved architecture inside the city is the Hadrians gate.
The gate was made during 130 AD for the name of Roman Empire "Hadrian" who was visiting the city.. The door consist of 3 archways, and built in white marble. The gate was the entanceway to the old city.
The gate is so interesting that on one side is the modern Ataturk street and palm trees of Antalya and on the other side the old city of Antalya, with old houses..
Patara is renowned as the birthplace of Apollo and is one of the oldest and most important cities of Lycia. It was named , Patara in the Lycian tongue, now simplified to Patara.
Its known that the city existed in the 5th and 6th centuries B.C. and that is was saved from destruction by opening its gates to Alexander. After the death of Alexander, it fell into the hands first of Demetrios, in 304 B.C. and later the Egyptian Ptolemaios II Philadelphos. For a period it bore the Egyptian name Arsinoe; this name did not survive beyond the Egyptian rule. Patara was re-captured by Antiochos III in 190 B.C.
The best way to come in is via Hadrian's Gate. A history lesson in itself, the Roman part was built for Emperor Hadrian's visit in 130A.D. and the right hand tower added by Sultan Alaadin Keykubat I in the early 13th century. You will notice all too clearly the difference in workmanship. Once through you enter the old quarter (called Kaleici) a maze of alleyways where history beckons at every corner. Founded in the 2nd century B.C. by Attalus II, king of Pergamon at the time, he named it Attaleia after himself. The overlapping history saw the Romans, Byzantines and Seljuks in control before the Ottoman Empire finally took control. Today it contrasts with the newer eight storey apartment blocks that seem to dominate the main part of the town.